Discipleship - Matthew 16:21-27

Joe Focht  SAM573  3/18/2007

There is a way that a follower of Jesus Christ can surrender their life, and it’s not suicide. Jesus said “whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” So what does it look like for someone to “lose” their life for the sake of Christ? What it looks like, Jesus said, is to deny self, take up your cross, and follow Him.

  1. From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
  2. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
  3. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
  4. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
  5. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
  6. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
  7. For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.